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Instantpot Red Pepper Risotto

January 14, 2019 (Last updated April 22, 2020) · Nicole Triebe
A hassle free twist on a classic Italian dish. One bite of this red pepper risotto will have you wanting it every day of the week!
Instantpot red pepper risotto
I have to admit, I was late in hopping on the InstantPot train.  My dad actually got us a similar multi-cooker for our wedding almost 4 years ago, and I didn’t unpack it from the box until last year.  Now, I want to use it every night of the week!

I was trying to get rid of things in my fridge when I came up with this risotto.  I had come home from the grocery store the other day after purchasing a bag of bell peppers only to realize I had about 4 in the fridge already.  (Face palm)

So I was trying to think of quick ways to use them up.  Risotto has quickly become one of my favorite things to make in the InstantPot because it literally takes a quarter of the time to make than the traditional method.  I also had some chicken defrosted, and some cherry tomatoes sitting on my countertop, so I threw everything in and this came out.

I can’t tell you how good this smelled during the cooking process and even more when the lid was released!   It smelled like the best pizza ever.  I almost want to call this pizza risotto but that sounds a little cheesy (see what I did there??!)

What is the traditional method to cooking risotto?

Risotto is a northern Italian rice dish that is cooked to a creamy consistency.  You achieve it by slowly adding broth of any kind to arborio rice.  This means you have to sit by the stove for an hour or so adding broth little bit little. The key is adding it at stages, while stirring constantly.

With the Instantpot, it does all that for you!

How do I make Red Pepper Risotto in my InstantPot?

You’ll start by using the saute function and adding a little olive oil and finely chopped onion.  Saute the onions for about 5 minutes or until they become translucent.  Add garlic and saute for another 2 minutes.

While the onions are cooking, prepare your chicken by cutting it into small pieces, keeping them all the same size.  We do this so that everything cooks evenly.  Season the chicken with oregano, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika.

Remove the onions from the InstantPot and add the seasoned chicken.  Quickly brown the meat, remove it from the pot and deglaze the pan with white wine.  Throw the onions and chicken back in the pot and add the rice, chicken stock, tomatoes, red bell peppers and stir to combine.

Instantpot red pepper risotto

Cover with the lid and lock into its position.  Turn the vent to the “Sealing” position.  Press the Manual pressure cooker button until the time reaches 6 minutes and press start.

Once the cooking is complete, wait 7 minutes before switching the vent to steam, then release the pressure.

At this point, you’ll stir in the butter and grated parmesan.  Season to taste and add more parmesan cheese to the red pepper risotto if desired.

Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan and fresh parsley and serve!

Hope you found this as easy and delicious as I did.

If you love this red pepper risotto recipe, be sure to check out my InstantPot split pea hummus

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    Red Pepper Risotto

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    • Author: Nicole Triebe
    • Prep Time: 5 minutes
    • Cook Time: 10 minutes
    • Total Time: 20 minutes
    • Yield: 4 1x




    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 Medium Onion
    • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1” pieces
    • 1 pound Chicken Breast
    • 2 cups Arborio rice
    • 3 1/2 cups Chicken Broth
    • 1/2 cup dry white wine
    • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, or 1 14 oz can stewed or chopped tomatoes


    • 1 tsp Salt
    • 2 tsp dried oregano
    • 2 tsp Paprika
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 1.5 ounces unsalted butter
    • 4 ounces grated Parmesan


    1. Finely chop the onion. Turn on the pressure cooker and press the SAUTE function. Adjust to high. Pour in 2 tbps of olive oil and add the chopped onion.  Sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and stir for a minute.
    2. While the onion is sautéing, dice the chicken. Combine all the seasoning ingredients and season the chicken pieces.
    3. Take out the sautéed onion, pour in the remaining olive oil and add the chicken pieces in.
    4. Quickly brown the meat. Turn OFF the sauté function and deglaze the pot with white wine. Throw the onions back in, add the rice, red peppers, tomatoes and chicken stock/broth and give everything a good stir.
    5. Cover with the lid and lock it into its position. Turn the vent to the SEALING position. Press the MANUAL button (pressure cooking) and adjust the time to 3 minutes. When the cooking is finished, wait 7 minutes before releasing the pressure manually.
    6. Stir in the butter and grated Parmesan. Taste it and add more seasoning if needed. Sprinkle with finely chopped parsley (optional) and additional freshly grated parmesan and serve.

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  • Reply Glen Jackson May 18, 2023 at 9:51 pm

    Made per the directions and this came out great! Perfectly creamy and comforting. Added some extra Parm and chopped cherry tomatoes for serving. Would make again!

  • Reply Linda Goslee February 10, 2024 at 9:40 pm

    When do you add the garlic?

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